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23 November 2016

Dinner with Le Creuset at The Oyster Box | 17/11/2016

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Customers in Durban enjoyed an evening of sheer decadence and Indian-style cuisine, joining Le Creuset for an exclusive dinner event held last week at The Oyster Box.

Perched on Umhlanga’s beachfront, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels – and the ultimate in colonial charm.

Guests were wined and dined in the Pearl Room, watching The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph, conjure up a delicious three-course dinner using the full spectrum of Le Creuset cookware. The menu was paired with a selection of wines chosen by The Oyster Box Sommelier.

Apart from leaving with plenty of inspiration to use back at home, Le Creuset also spoiled each guest with an exclusive goody bag as a memento of the fun-filled morning. Thank you to all who joined us!

MEET THE CHEF: KEVIN JOSEPH

Tell us more about your journey to becoming a chef?
I started my career in the South African Navy where I received basic chef training, and since then I have accumulated a wealth of hands-on experience at leading hotels in South Africa and around the world. These include The Peninsula Hotel in Cape Town, the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Michelin-starred ‘Tamarind’ and ‘Claridges’ Restaurants in London. I have also spent invaluable time in various hotels within the Red Carnation Collection.

How long have you been with The Oyster Box?
For 12 years.

How would you describe your style of cooking?
I enjoy cooking old-fashioned food with a modern twist to the recipes and the presentation. I have evolved in the sense that I now prefer real food that is cooked naturally, using only the freshest ingredients.

Do you have a certain type of cuisine you specialise in?
I specialise in Contemporary Classic and I enjoy re-inventing traditional dishes by adding my own personal touch and flair.

What’s the best thing about cooking with Le Creuset?
Good quality cookware is so important when cooking top quality dishes. Le Creuset products make cooking effortless. Their heavy duty quality makes them hard wearing and an essential in my kitchen. All the bright colours are just the cherry on top.

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an evening of wining and dining in the opulent pearl room

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the action begins, with chef kevin joseph showing how it’s done

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our balti dish is the ideal choice for making authentic curries

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guests have their funny-bones tickled by chef kevin’s jokes

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Bengali-styled prawns garnished with fresh coriander

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raising a toast to a great evening

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sampling some of chef kevin’s spicy delights

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the lucky draw winner with her prize – our bestselling Signature Round Casserole!

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friendly staff from our pavilion and la lucia mall teams


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